PT ZONE: Scrap Reclaim

PT Article K Reporter’s Notebook Materials: Manifold Printed for Plastic Engine; Material Reclaimed from Airbags; High Heat Nylon Doesn’t Need Stabilizers
Several materials news are being launched and discussed a K 2016 by both Solvay Engineering Plastics and Solvay Specialty Chemicals, including some very interesting strides in additive manufacturing. More (+)
PT Article Video: Rapid’s Open-Hearted Design for New Family of Shredders
Size-reduction technology specialist Rapid Granulator introduced The Raptor Series, a new family of shredders for plastics. More (+)


Collaboration on Recycling Chewing Gum into TPEs

Teknor Apex teamed up with U.K.’s Gumdrop to divert gum waste from landfills and into TPEs.

New Pilot Program Aims to Jump Start Automotive PP, TPO Recycling

The goal of the ELV Recycling Demonstration Project is to develop collection and recovery methods for PP and TPO that are technically and economically feasible.

Single-Serve Package Reduces Carbon Footprint By Over 30%

The Freshpack is tailored to workplaces and reduces emissions from raw material extraction by 40% by eliminating aluminum.

Army Veteran, Unifi Producing American Flags from Recycled Water Bottles

The veteran’s company creates flags using Repreve recycled fiber made from 10 recycled water bottles.

Used Machinery Dealer Expands in Southeast

ZAG Equipment has bigger facility in Gibsonville, N.C.

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Scrap Reclaim


Processors of all types try to avoid generating scrap, but when it is made it generally is re-used by putting it back into the process. Production (or post-industrial) scrap includes off-spec parts, sprues, edge trim from film and sheet, and the like. It is usually reduced in size by devices such as granulators, shredders and pulverizers, and re-fed into the processing machine.

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